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Islanders News: Ryan Strome's goal, Garth Snow's summer, and teams with center surplus

Teams deep at center, and ideas on how to leverage it.

Ryan Strome nudges Dany Heatley's career toward the cliff.
Ryan Strome nudges Dany Heatley's career toward the cliff.
Paul Bereswill

Not a lot of news on this railroaded Thursday, but that's never stopped us from talking hockey before:

Islanders Topics
  • Ryan Strome on making a roster that is stacked down the middle: "I played center most of my time here and then the last week I played wing and I thought I played pretty well. Things change and being versatile is obviously an advantage." [Newsday]
  • The Sporting News likes the Calvin de Haan contract and the rest of the Isles offseason. [Sporting News]
  • What-If?-ing some worst-case scenarios heading into next season. [Islanders Insight]
  • Did you join this week's retro game thread (1982 clincher vs. Canucks) last night? Yes? Thank you. No? You missed out. [LHH]

Sweet artifacts:

Elsewhere...but Nowhere
  • The Blues also have a lot of centers now, which means options for the talkative Ken Hitchcock. [NHL]
  • Yet another team deep at center, Montreal has some cautionary examples from its past where dealing from that surplus hurt. (Turgeon being the most notable, but also ... ye gods, I forgot they dumped Mike Ribeiro for the ghost of the shell of Janne Niinimaa.) [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • Story (and source) that should shock no one: Former ref Paul Stewart on a rookie Eric Lindros being a dick (and Stewart admitting that it affected how he called play!). [HuffPo, amplified at Deadspin]
  • Having struck out on bigger targets, David Poile is playing "small ball" in Nashville. [NHL]
  • Okay, so Sidney Crosby doesn't require surgery...yet. [Post-Gazette]
  • Speaking of the Penguins, they have a lot of young blueline chips with openings to fill. [Post-Gazette]
  • Mikhail Grigorenko achieves self-awareness. [NHL]
  • Not hockey: Well, marijuana is legal in Colorado, so let's see if it improves the experience of attending a Rockies game. [SB Nation]